Although you may be tempted to, you should not smoke weed stems. Smoking stems from cannabis plants will not get you high due to their lack of THC. If you do decide to smoke stems, you’ll likely experience a few of the negative side effects that come with smoking, like coughing and sore throat, without the fun of a THC high.
Can you smoke them? Should you smoke them?
Alternative uses for weed stems
Weed stems are the small, stick-like pieces that sometimes end up in the cannabis flower you buy from the dispensary. Depending on the quality of flower you bought, you may end up with a few or more stems in your haul. For example, shake bought from dispensaries tends to contain more stems than non-shake flower. Unlike the dense buds of the cannabis plant, weed stems contain very little to no THC (the main active ingredient in cannabis).
If you find yourself wondering this very thing, you’re not alone. It’s a common question we get from people who are new to smoking cannabis. And since no question is a dumb question when it comes to having a great cannabis experience, let’s unpack all the details on weed stems.
Weed stems can be a gray area for the average cannabis smoker.
We’ve got more classic grinders too, including our own RQS branded metal grinder! That one even comes complete with a kief catcher, as does our pollinator grinder, which also has a handle on the outside for a low-effort grind.
If you’re reading the article, there’s one more key piece of advice we think you’ll benefit from. What’s that, you wonder?
We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to spark up, whipping out your stash and your papers (or bong, or whatever), but there’s something missing. You take a second, but then you realise: There’s no grinder in sight.
If you don’t have a coffee grinder around, there’s still an old classic you can try. People call weed “herb” sometimes, so it makes sense that you can use a pestle and mortar to grind it down. Like the grinder, though, you’ll want to clean it off well before AND after using it for this purpose.
Pizza cutters aren’t the sharpest of implements, but sometimes you just need to work with what you’ve got. If you’re without a grinder or sharp blade, a pizza cutter will suffice! After you’ve processed and smoked your cannabis, you can use the same tool to help satisfy the munchies.
Dry sifting allows smokers to remove the trichomes from cannabis plant material. These small glands contain lots of tasty terpenes and psychoactive THC. Sprinkle this powder into joints and bowls to elevate your mind further.
Considering the word “grinder” is included in the name, it kind of had to appear on this list, didn’t it? Just like you would coffee beans, throw your buds in there and grind away! Well, not so fast. You’ll want to clean the thing out first, unless you want to smoke your coffee too (which we do NOT recommend). You should also clean it out afterwards unless you want some “special” coffee the next day.
Even if you have your mind made up and you want to grow your own plants from the marijuana seeds you found, you must make sure that you have the proper resources and nutrients the plant needs to grow to its full potential, including enough light, water, and space for it to grow. Also, you must make sure that you not only live in an area where marijuana is legal, but you also must get approval from a landlord/owner of an apartment building, condo, and/or townhouse if you live in any of these establishments before growing.
Photo by: Roxana Gonzales/Shutterstock Occasionally, people hold onto the marijuana seeds they find in their nugs because they believe that they can grow their own plants from those seeds. However, oftentimes, those seeds fail to germinate, which means that they fail to sprout, as mentioned by Royal Queen Seeds. Also, if the original bud wasn’t that great from the beginning, then why would you want to reproduce that mediocre�strain?
At some point in your marijuana consumption journey, you may have purchased bud off the black market or from a street dealer who you may or may not have personally known. In those instances, it’s common for the marijuana nugs to contain seeds, which aren’t necessarily harmful, but they’re not the most medically beneficial either. Find out why seeds could be in your marijuana nugs and the effect it could have on you.
Downsides of Smoking Marijuana Strains that Contain Seeds
Photo by: Canna Obscura/Shutterstock There are several reasons as to why marijuana plants could contain seeds. For one, it’s rare but possible for marijuana plants to be hermaphrodites rather than just solely male or female. A hermaphrodite marijuana plant contains both reproductive organs from the male and female plants. However, whenever a hermaphrodite plant is discovered, it’s best to destroy it immediately and/or separate it from the female plants as soon as possible because it could ruin a perfectly good harvest.
As far as male marijuana plants are concerned, these plants don’t produce any trichome-rich flowers like female marijuana plants do. In general, male plants create pollen, which can be detrimental to the growth of female plants. It’s common for tiny male flowers to emerge from ‘female’ flowers without being recognized by growers; these male flowers release small amounts of pollen in a localized area, as stated by High Times. As a result of this, the pollen leads to a small number of marijuana seeds in the cannabis colas.
Also, bud that contains marijuana seeds often contains little to no THC and tastes bad. Couple that with a headache, and nobody wants to have this kind of experience.
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